No One Saw a Thing: Season 1 (2019)


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No One Saw a Thing

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Episodes

1
Air date: Aug 1, 2019
2
Air date: Aug 8, 2019
3
Air date: Aug 15, 2019
4
Air date: Aug 22, 2019
5
Air date: Aug 29, 2019
6
Air date: Sep 5, 2019

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Critic Reviews for No One Saw a Thing Season 1

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

The six-part Sundance TV series acts like a psychologist more than a detective...in many aspects, an exercise in presentation.

Aug 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Belkin's docu-series could have accomplished much of what it set out to do in roughly half the running time, but it's never boring and often fascinating.

Jul 30, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Captivating but repetitious... Belkin bloats the text by repeating his "weight of sin" thesis ad nauseum. By the end, I was convinced this could have been told with tighter precision in three episodes, not six.

Aug 2, 2019 | Full Review…

If you remember the Skidmore case, No One Saw A Thing will be a good refresher. If you don't, though, it'll be a good examination of a tiny town that may have taken its ability to protect itself a bit too far.

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for No One Saw a Thing: Season 1

  • Oct 08, 2019
    Nice to see the old footage over three timelines. Nice to see good old Morley Safer. And that's about it for the good parts. The bad? Highly repetitive. Let me repeat that: it's a re-iteration of the repetition of a thesis that is, in the old-timey phrase, horse puckey. We get a picture of 5 murders over a 30 year period. Were there more? What's the rate per year over the decades? The documentary insinuates there's an extraordinary murder rate in this mysterious town but provides no statistics. Someone please inform the film maker about the old saying "the plural of anecdote is not data." Again, we wonder: Is the murder rate similar, less or more than similarly sized towns? The documentary takes a detour for one episode to discuss the problem with opiates which all by now know have ravaged towns like this. To my taste, this seems to be the straw stirring the drink. But they drop that more plausible thread to go back to old refrain of "must be that crazy vigilante killing from years ago." This brings up a supreme problem of all documentaries: no peer review but the illusion of experience. Your brain is tricked into thinking a cobbled together story is a direct audio visual experience of moments in time. And this series illustrates that problem perfectly. The fact that nothing about the death rates is present for comparison ought to tell you that you're being sold gibberish. If there was something different I think we would have been told. So it's elementary: the dog that doesn't bark is the biggest clue. But if you like looking at old cars and store fronts reminiscent of your youth, you may enjoy a bit. But therein lies the final problem: they stretched out a maximum two hours of story telling into six hours. Lordy! Avi Belkin is an Israeli film director, and might I as someone from a small American town who also happens to have studied and lived off and on in his neck of the woods for decades, respectfully suggest he look into his own backyard for such tales. They are legion! Murders of Arab Israelis and Palestinians, in particular, for which "no one saw a thing" happen not infrequently. (That's a kind way of saying it.) I was a journalist in that region a few decades ago and such stories were well reported in the Israeli press but not so much in the US so this could be informative. We've heard about the horrendous Palestinian violence against Israeli civilians but the conscript soldiers and their well-known (outside the US, that is) lack of discipline in manhandling Palestinian civilians in prison as well as in the streets, was less reported outside Israel itself. You don't forget when you see two 19 year old Israeli soldiers push a 60 year old man to the ground for trying to stop them from teasing a Palestinian kid. This was a daily experience and there was a wall of silence around it. But more specifically, maybe Mr. Avi might direct his attention to the early 1990s case of two Israeli sharpshooters who thought it clever to have a game of who could shoot more Palestinian kids in the head. They were keeping score and the rumors spread but a culture among IDF soldiers of not ratting each other out allowed this sick game to go on for a couple of years. Scores of children were blinded and a couple died (these were rubber bullets but they can be deadly on occasion). What was the culture of the Israeli military that permitted this "not seeing a thing", or that permitted the paltry sentence given to these soldiers when they were finally caught (I think in 1993)? Tackle that instead of nonsense, statistically insignificant death rates in one small town. As an experienced Israeli film-maker he'd have plenty of access, and we're all ready to learn. Tafadal ya Avi. Shalom bro.
  • Sep 19, 2019
    wow this "documentary" reaches more than stretch arm strong. theories of evil curses? whats next was Ken Rex McElroy really Michael Myers hiding in plain sight.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    This is a joke. Once they got past the assassination of Ken Rex, it's a crazy "collusion" investigation. A woman, years later under the guise of a rat terrier buyer, cuts a baby from a womb, but somehow this has to do with the bully killing. How stupid is this?
  • Sep 06, 2019
    One of the most overblown, badly executed docs you will ever see. Wacko curse theories, way too much Ken Rex whitewash, the people who made this should be ashamed.

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